A bus ride that started out as a fun-filled, exciting trip ended in a tragic, fatal time for mostly teenage victims and their families.
Nine people (seven bus passengers, the truck driver and bus driver) were killed the other day and many injured in a fiery crash involving a FedEx delivery truck and a charter bus carrying Southern California high school students on a visit to a Northern California college.
The bus was one of two that the admissions office at Humboldt State University had chartered to bring prospective students to tour their campus. There were 46 people on board.
It is common for high schools to hire and require charter bus transportation for travel to and from sporting events or in this case, to tour a college campus. Charter bus accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Cross-country traveling bus injury accidents
- Inter-city traveling bus injury accidents
- Greyhound bus injury accidents
Reports indicate that the bus and truck were on opposite sides of the freeway when the truck crossed a grass median and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and fire. There was also a third vehicle involved carrying two people, but neither was injured.
In total, about 37 people suffered injuries including minor to severe burns, broken legs and noses, and head lacerations. They were all taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Both the truck and bus were fully engulfed in flames, sending thick, dark smoke into the air.
The accident is under investigation to determine why it happened. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families at this time.
If you or a family member has been injured in a bus accident, contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney to discuss your legal options and make sure your rights are protected.
Contact our firm as soon as possible so we can start reviewing all aspects of your claim to determine if you have a personal injury case. If you do, we can start developing a plan aimed at gaining you compensation to cover your cost of injuries or any additional costs that have resulted.